Verizon Argues Spectrum Case Despite Low 4G Uptake
Verizon Wireless filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission last week explaining the necessity of its planned AWS spectrum purchases from four cable companies. "Despite the company's significant investment in network efficiencies, skyrocketing demand will overtake its 4G LTE capacity absent additional spectrum resources, which it needs to secure now given that it faces spectrum constraints in its network in some areas as early as 2013 and in many more by 2015," said the company. Verizon is looking to nab 122 AWS spectrum licenses from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications, for which it intends to pay $3.9 billion in total. Several organizations have filed lawsuits opposing the acquisition, citing potential anti-trust concerns. Verizon Wireless CTO Fran Shammo, however, presented a different story to investors last week. Shammo said that only 5% of Verizon Wireless's customers have made the switch to LTE 4G devices, and 95% have remained 3G-only customers. Convincing customers to adopt 4G "is very critical for us, and we're playing a very delicate balancing act here that I don't want to spend any more money on my 3G network," said Shammo. Verizon is currently offering twice the LTE 4G data per month to smartphone customers. The FCC is preparing to review Verizon's requested spectrum purchases.
Verizon Might Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Verizon Wireless said it is comfortable with its spectrum holdings at the moment and may not bid in next year's auction for 600MHz airwaves. Verizon is only using 40% of its licensed spectrum for LTE, which gives it plenty of room to add capacity.
Verizon Reschedules VoLTE-Only Phones for 2016
Verizon Wireless has moved back the timeframe for deploying handsets without CDMA chipsets by two years. The company plans to debut VoLTE service by the end of 2014, but will continue to use its CDMA network for the bulk of voice calls for another two years.
T-Mobile and Verizon Agree to Another Spectrum Swap
T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have petitioned the FCC for permission to swap AWS and PCS spectrum licenses in 92 counties and/or 41 Cellular Market Areas around the country. The companies propose to switch spectrum licenses, but not cellular assets or customers.
Verizon Explains Why It Is Refarming PCS Spectrum
Verizon Wireless elaborated today on news it has begun to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE. Verizon has already deployed LTE on its PCS spectrum in a limited scale across Manhattan and Cleveland, Ohio, with "about 10 other markets" currently in testing.
We need spectrum because we see congestion in the future......
Verizon Wireless today announced HomeFusion Broadband, a new mobile data service that is delivered to residences via its LTE 4G network.
Couple that with their push with netflix....
This is just laughable.